143D FIELD ARTILLERY GROUP
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Distinctive Unit Insignia

Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height consisting of a gold styli8zed mountain peak having three points, the central one enlarged and bearing a blue fleur-de-lis wedged between the halves of a split apart and uprooted red evergreen tree all above a base of blue waves and enclosed at sides and bottom by a wavy red scroll bearing the inscription “STEEL AND HONOR” in gold letters.

Symbolism
Scarlet and gold (yellow) are the colors used by the Artillery branch. The unit’s four World War II campaign credits are commemorated in the following way: The blue fleur-de-lis denotes service in Northern France; the waves in base represent the waters of the Rhine in allusion to the Rhineland Campaign; the split and uprooted tree is used to represent Ardennes-Alsace, a historically divided and troubled region of Europe; and the mountain form denotes the Central European Campaign. The motto “Steel and Honor” reflects the spirit and the ideals of the Group.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 143d Artillery Group on 2 April 1969. It was redesignated for the 143d Field Artillery Group on 15 June 1972.





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